[Air-L] CSCW 2010 workshop: Revisiting Research Ethics in the Facebook Era

Sarita Yardi sarita.yardi at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 11:58:10 PDT 2009

CSCW 2010 workshop CfP

Revisiting Research Ethics in the Facebook Era: Challenges in Emerging CSCW

Date: Feb 6, 2010
Location: Savannah, Georgia

Amy Bruckman, Georgia Institute of Technology
Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robert E. Kraut, Carnegie Mellon University
Erika Shehan Poole, Georgia Institute of Technology
John C. Thomas, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Sarita Yardi, Georgia Institute of Technology

New research paradigms in CSCW come with unforeseen ethical challenges.
This workshop will focus on methodological challenges in doing Internet
research, with a focus on:
•    data collection and analysis
•    differing ethical norms in various research communities studying the
•    unanticipated consequences of new kinds of online research
•    pedagogical approaches and issues in teaching online research ethics

The morning session will consist of case study presentations and discussion.
The afternoon session will be a mock debate format, where participants
separate into teams and argue whether or not they think the research can be
conducted ethically and workshop organizers act as an ethics review board.
constructing their arguments, participants will be encouraged to brainstorm
topics like possible unanticipated effects of the research, handling real
outcomes (e.g. if something goes wrong), alternative methods and approaches
for carrying out the research ethically, and policy and best practice
implications. The afternoon debates should be challenging but fun.

Instead of traditional position papers, participants should submit a case
(can be more than one) of up to four pages describing an ethical issue that
they find particularly tricky or controversial with pro and con arguments
both sides, as well as a brief cover letter describing their research
and background in this topic. Submissions should be formatted in standard
SIGHI format and submitted in either Adobe PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word
document format (.doc or .docx) to cscwethics at gmail.com by November 20,

Submission deadline Nov 20, 2009
Notification Dec 16, 2009
Workshop Date Feb 6, 2010


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